All'opera: Giacomo Puccini's Madam Butterfly - Live From Teatro Alla Scala

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Madame Butterfly first saw the light of day in La Scala in February 1904, and was hotly contested. It was certainly the victim of an ambush organised by enemies of the composer and his editor, but perhaps also to the surprise of the audience faced with a crude and innovative opera, they were witnessing the very latest developments in European musical theatre. That very same year, Puccini revised and restaged the opera for performances at the Teatro Grande in Brescia to great acclaim. Madame Butterfly quickly became a hugely popular opera with performers and audiences alike, and remains one of Puccini’s most performed works to date.

RiccardoChailly will conduct the original version of Madame Butterfly, marking this the first time the performance has returned to La Scala since it’s debut. This signifies an act of contribution towards Puccini but above all, alongside the subsequent variations, an opportunity to rediscover the opera that is more audacious in its dramaturgical design. The performance will be directed by Alvis Hermanis, who has already been hailed at La Scala for his new productions of Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten and Verdi’s I due Foscari, and the cast orbits around Cio-Cio-San played by Maria José Siri, an emerging soprano on the greatest international stages.

“I will bring to the stage something new which, in truth, is a return to the origin: Madame Butterfly will be staged not in the version that opera lovers know, but in its first version, which debuted here at LaScala in 1904 but was a resounding opera. Puccini re wrote it and it became a success. I won’t be conducting the successful MadameButterfly, but the version that was booed and, since then, has never been performed.” -Riccardo Chailly

Runtime: 160 mins

Conductor:Riccardo Chailly

LaScala Chorus and Orchestra

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